Joseph: God’s man, not Pharaoh’s man …

Thoughts on Gen 41:42-45, nicely stated by John Walton: On the surface, Joseph is being "made" by Pharaoh.  Everything he is given comes from Pharaoh's hand: his office, status, privilege, name, wife - everything.  He is "reborn" as a servant of Pharaoh.  The irony is that from the standpoint of Genesis, it is not the… Continue reading Joseph: God’s man, not Pharaoh’s man …

Does “after” mean “since”? – A look at אחרי in Gen 41:39

[UPDATE: I've made some edits to this post in light of some good feedback in the comment box.  Of note was the comment of Wedas who reminded me that the English word "since" is not just causal but can also be used temporally.  I think I might have titled the post differently, maybe something like… Continue reading Does “after” mean “since”? – A look at אחרי in Gen 41:39

John Calvin on Pharaoh’s Chief Baker (Gen 40:16)

"And the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, and he said to Joseph, "I also had a dream ...."  (Gen 40:16) וירא שר האפים כי טוב פתר ויאמר אל יוסף אף אני בחלומי Commentators almost universally see significance to the fact that the baker only shares his dream after he thinks that he… Continue reading John Calvin on Pharaoh’s Chief Baker (Gen 40:16)

The significance of Joseph being killed by a “fierce animal” (חיה רעה) in Gen 37:20 & 33

When Joseph is betrayed by his brothers and sold to the Midianite/Ishmaelite caravan, an interesting lexical item is used.  In Gen 37:20, the brothers plot to kill Joseph and claim that a "fierce animal" (ESV) has killed him.  Jacob too, when he sees Joseph's bloodied garment, is convinced that a "fierce animal" has killed him. … Continue reading The significance of Joseph being killed by a “fierce animal” (חיה רעה) in Gen 37:20 & 33

The Literary Artistry of the Bible (Gen 38)

In his famous literary introduction to the narrative portions of the Bible, Robert Alter opens with an analysis of Gen 38, the passage that I'll be preaching this coming Lord's Day.  Noting that traditional higher critical approaches have struggled to make sense of the placement of Gen 38, Alter offers a close reading to the… Continue reading The Literary Artistry of the Bible (Gen 38)